La Capitale adds Best Doctors(R) service to its group insurance plans

State-of-the-art medical expertise 24/7 and over 50,000 medical specialists

QUEBEC CITY, May 31 2006 – Starting next June 1, La Capitale will automatically be adding Best Doctors(R) to the benefits included in certain of its group insurance plans. Any plan member facing serious illness or suffering from major injury can call on Best Doctors(R) for access to over 50,000 specialists around the world and personalized consultation with leading medical experts, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the comfort of home.

“We know how important–and even crucial–it can be to have a second medical opinion in case of serious illness, to identify the best medical specialists, and even get help arranging medical care and travel abroad. Best Doctors(R) is a value-added service that already proved its worth in more than 30 countries. It will provide a big helping hand to our group insured at a time when they most need support, while maintaining their ties with their attending physician,” explains Mr. Robert St-Denis, CEO, Personal Insurance at La Capitale.

Advantages for plan members and employers

The addition of Best Doctors(R) to La Capitale group insurance plans is good news both for members and their employers. For employers, Best Doctors(R) can significantly enhance quality of care, convalescence, aiding treatment efficacy and restoring normalcy to employees’ lives faster. What’s more, Best Doctors(R) increases the value of employer group insurance plans by providing more than mere financial assistance. Below are the services available from Best Doctors(R):

InterConsultation(TM): Access to specialists and a personalized action plan

From its database of over 50,000 specialists in more than 30 countries, Best Doctors(R) performs a review of the patient’s medical file to help confirm diagnosis. Plan members also have access to a personal advocate who liaises with physicians at leading medical institutions all over the world to help the patient understand all available options and identify the most effective treatment. What’s more, InterConsultation service assists the attending physician in implementing an appropriate action plan for the patient.

FindBestDoc(TM): Customized help to search out the best medical treatment

Best Doctors(R) provides plan members with a customized search of the top specialized medical experts in their home region or elsewhere in the world to treat their condition.

FindBestCare(TM): Help arranging care abroad

If plan members elect to seek care outside Canada, Best Doctors(R) will assist with such things as reservations and accommodations for them and their families, and verifications and follow-up. The cost of care abroad (travel, accommodation, hospital fees, etc.) is the patient’s responsibility.

Covered illnesses and injuries

Plan members can access Best Doctors(R) services once their attending
physician has diagnosed any of the following illnesses or injuries:

Aids Loss of Speech
Alzheimer’s Disease Major Organ Transplant
Benign Brain Tumour Motor Neuron Diseases
Blindness Multiple Sclerosis
Cancer Paralysis
Cardiovascular Conditions Parkinson’s Disease
Coma Severe Burns
Deafness Stroke
Kidney Failure Trauma

About Best Doctors(R)

Best Doctors(R) was created in the 1980s by renowned professors of medicine affiliated with Harvard Medical School who developed a set of services to help local attending physicians be able to care for their patients more effectively in their own city or province. Best Doctors(R) is a unique service whose mission is to improve the quality of care by ensuring that each individual receives the right diagnosis and the appropriate treatment for their condition.

About La Capitale

At the heart of a strong Quebec financial mutual, La Capitale Civil Service Insurer has provided customers with value-added financial products-insurance, savings, loans, retirement-for over 65 years. La Capitale Civil Service Mutual, operating through La Capitale Financial Group, brings specialized subsidiaries together to offer its customers unmatched products and services. With a strong presence throughout Qu´┐Żbec, La Capitale Financial Group has nearly $2 billion in assets, employs 1,700 people, and provides financial products and services to 600,000 members working for over 900 institutions in the Quebec public and broader public sectors, as well as the general public. For more information, see